Peace Action’s 2022 Class
Val Demings (D-FL-Senate)
Val Demings voted against war during her time in the House. She has voted to repeal the 2002 AUMF, prevent war with Iran, cut new nuclear weapons, and end the war in Yemen. And now she has a chance to keep it up in the Senate.
Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA-Senate)
Rev. Raphael Warnock has stepped into the former pulpit of Martin Luther King Jr. and evokes his worldview around peace and justice issues: “Dr. King talked about war and some are beating the drums of war even tonight. Pray for our nation, but as you think about the geopolitical situation, let us resist the demons of militarism that disturb our domestic situation.”
Charles Booker (D-KY-Senate)
“The world cannot afford yet another endless war. As the global community works on solutions to bring this conflict [in Ukraine] to an end, we have a responsibility as the world’s oldest democracy to lead with diplomacy and humanity. We must meet this responsibility and immediately increase our capacity to accept refugees fleeing Ukraine.”
John Fetterman (D-PA-Senate)
“We live in a complex, ever-changing world that requires American leadership and diplomacy. But unfortunately throughout the course of my lifetime, we’ve followed the direction of too many saber-rattling ‘experts’ out there who have led us down the road toward costly wars of choice. And it’s those costly wars of choice that have put too many American men and women into harm’s way. We should be engaging in preventive diplomacy, and proactively working with other countries to improve relations — not just reaching out to them when things go south. We should embrace a foreign policy framework that will not bankrupt future generations and allow us to hit our own domestic priorities.”
Mandela Barnes (D-WI-Senate)
“For too long, we put our troops in harm’s way while spending trillions on an endless war that was entering a third decade of conflict. We must honor their sacrifice by safely evacuating every American and honoring our commitment to ensuring the safety of our allies on the ground and provide humanitarian assistance to those devastated by the Taliban…I will never back down from my duty to protect American lives while building a more just world and working tirelessly to secure human rights for all.”
Josh Harder (D-CA-09)
Josh Harder wants to see a world where diplomacy and common sense foreign policy prevail. He has supported an end to the tragic Saudi-led assault on Yemen, promoted the speedy processing and welcoming of Afghan refugees, and voted to prevent a war with Iran.
Kevin Mullin (D-CA-15)
“When millions are homeless, living paycheck to paycheck, and without affordable healthcare, the current over inflation of the Pentagon budget during a time of peace needs to be addressed. Increasing funding for education, healthcare, infrastructure, and decreasing the bloated Pentagon budget will be a top priority for me in Congress. Diplomacy must come first. Our country must continue to engage in the world by elevating diplomacy and building multinational coalitions to address global challenges. The United States spends 13 times more on the military than on diplomacy. We need to rebuild the State Department, end forever wars, draw down our military engagement, and enable local partners.”
Katie Porter (D-CA-47)
“I refuse to rubber stamp waste, fraud, and abuse at any level of government. I will continue fighting for accountability at the Pentagon and the robust Congressional oversight of the military that the Constitution requires.”
Mike Levin (D-CA-49)
Mike Levin is running for Congress to hold Washington accountable to the American people, from fighting for campaign finance reform to free our political system from the corrupting influence of mega-donors and corporate interests to ensuring the wars being fought in our name are debated and voted on by the people’s representatives in Congress.
Maxwell Alejandro Frost (D-FL-10)
“All around, military spending is too high and there are many individual programs that tax-payers fund too highly and don’t reap any benefits. It is important that the United States invests in research of universal COVID-19 cures and vaccines that can be shared with the entire world before spending more money on lethal and unnecessary weapons. How we use our money shows where our priorities are, our exuberant pentagon spending keeps us from truly taking care of our people.”
Delia Ramirez (D-IL-03)
Delia wants to fight for a new foreign policy. She is ready to see money go to people over the Pentagon. She will push for the prioritization of human rights, refocus on diplomacy, and Congressional accountability when it comes to international relations.
Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14)
Lauren Underwood knows that investment in endless wars will not help keep Illinoians and Americans safe from pandemics, climate change, and inequality. She knows diplomacy needs to be our priority in foreign policy.
Dan Kildee (D-MI-08)
“A President’s most solemn duty is to make a decision as to whether to send young Americans into harm’s way…It is long past time for Congress to exercise its required responsibility under the constitution and debate and pass an updated authorization for the use of military force in Afghanistan and the other conflicts around the world where Americans are engaged in combat.”
Dina Titus (D-NV-01)
“I strongly believe that diplomacy must be the foundation of U.S. foreign policy. The United States has a stronger position on the world stage when we stand with our allies to confront global challenges. On urgent issues ranging from counterterrorism to nuclear proliferation, and climate change to human rights advocacy, the United States must mobilize our international partners to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
Steven Horsford (D-NV-04)
Steven Horsford wants a peaceful world not just for Nevadans, but for everyone at home and abroad. In an effort to achieve this, he has voted to block Saudi arms deals, prevent a war with Iran, stop funding to new nuclear weapons, and overturn the outdated 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force.
Annie Kuster (D-NH-02)
“The situation in Yemen is heartbreaking and a stain on the collective conscience of the world. The bloody civil war has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent Yemenis and more than 20 million are threatened by famine as this humanitarian crisis escalates. The United States should not be a party to the reckless behavior of Saudi Arabia in Yemen.”
Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-07)
“For years, the United States has been urging the Saudis to stop their indiscriminate bombing attacks in Yemen, yet the Saudi jets that conduct these attacks continue to be maintained and kept in the air under a contract approved by the U.S. government…[I]t needs to end. The United States should not be complicit in Saudi actions that have claimed thousands of civilian lives, created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-09)
Kaptur believes that we must move beyond the days of endless wars and toward a future of diplomatic relations. “The pathway to peace can be paved by grass-roots diplomacy in addition to governmental compromise.”
Jamie McLeod-Skinner (D-OR-05)
“Years ago, troops were sent to war, and we still feel the effects of that deployment. Before military action is taken – diplomacy must be the first step. Any military action must be well considered, and authorized by Congress. Our troops are our family.”
Odessa Kelly (D-TN-07)
“I believe that our foreign policy should be rooted in diplomacy above all else – especially after we’ve seen decades of endless wars and their failures. Cutting the defense budget and targeting things like new spending on nuclear weapons signals to the American people that their needs at home are more important than the profits of defense contractors who lobby for bottomless Pentagon budgets.”
Michelle Vallejo (D-TX-15)
“We have to lead by example and use our bargaining power to encourage countries to improve labor, environmental, and human rights across the world. Combating climate change is very much dependent on changing our foreign policy to stop the disproportionate emission contributions from our military and trade deals. And most importantly, enough with sending our young people to the frontlines fighting wars for defense contractors and big donors.”
Greg Casar (D-TX-35)
Casar’s “approach to foreign policy is based in adherence to values rooted in justice and democracy. A commitment to protecting human rights is paramount for U.S. foreign policy, and ending any violations of human rights is critical for achieving long term peace wherever there is conflict.”
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